acorn woodpecker

noun

Definition of acorn woodpecker

: a woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) found from the U.S. Pacific coast south to Colombia that stores acorns in small holes which it digs especially in the bark of trees

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Recent Examples on the Web About the only bird with red around here is the acorn woodpecker, but that’s just a small cap on top of their heads. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nature brings reassuring message after a long year," 26 Dec. 2020 But one tenacious and outspoken bird — the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) — presents a unique problem. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Some worry Edison pole replacements could displace woodpeckers that feed, nest inside," 17 July 2019 They are known as granary trees and represent a unique characteristic of acorn woodpeckers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Woodpecker offers unique clue that winter is coming," 19 Oct. 2019 Woodpeckers, especially acorn woodpeckers, are highly social birds that often work together for a common good. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One of nature’s hoarders," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of acorn woodpecker

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Acorn woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acorn%20woodpecker. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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